noun phrase


noun Grammar.

a construction that functions syntactically as a noun, consisting of a noun and any modifiers, as all the men in the room who are reading books, or of a noun substitute, as a pronoun.

Nearby words

  1. noun,
  2. noun adjunct,
  3. noun clause,
  4. noun group,
  5. noun incorporation,
  6. nourice,
  7. nourish,
  8. nourishing,
  9. nourishingly,
  10. nourishment

Origin of noun phrase

First recorded in 1950–55

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British Dictionary definitions for noun phrase

noun phrase

noun

grammar a constituent of a sentence that consists of a noun and any modifiers it may have a noun clause, or a word, such as a pronoun, that takes the place of a nounAbbreviation: NP
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